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Agriculture

  • The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080

    The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080 paid to FFA and 4-H exhibitors.

    The two-weeklong show concluded March 22 with an auction of 357 hogs and steers. The total number of livestock sold was down from 385, but more than the $918,000 sold the previous year.

    Marti Smith, Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale bookkeeper, said there were 233 hogs, 42 fat steers and 82 feeder steers sold this year. That does not count other livestock, such as sheep, that were sold, but not at the auction.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo

    The Suncoast Credit Union presents the 6th Annual Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo April 21-22 at 8 p.m. at Lotoma Ranch. Other corporate sponsors include Chiefland Farm Supply, Ace Hardware, Alliance Dairies and Alliance Grazing Group.

    Events include junior barrel racing, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway and a calf scramble for ages 10 and under.

    The $60 entry fee for each event must be paid by 7 p.m. each night. The fee to enter the junior barrel racing is $25.

    For more information, please contact Jenifer Butler at 352-316-0146.

  • 2017 Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show

    Note: First place showmanship belt buckles in all divisions were donated by Kloverleaf Tack, Kathy Inman in Williston.

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  • Weather takes a toll on melons

    Freezing temperatures took its toll on watermelon crops last week in Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, north Marion and west Alachua counties.

    Fortunately, a lot of melons were yet to be planted. 

  • 65th Suwannee River Fair continues until March 22

    The Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy Counties 65th annual Suwannee River Fair began Saturday with ribbons awarded for rabbits, swine, poultry, horses, goats and heifers, Agriculture Life and dog show. As of press time, the winners of each group are listed.

  • Bronson FFA does well in horse judging

    Bronson Middle FFA Chapter participated in the Horse Judging Career Development Event Feb. 4 at the Canterbury Arena in Newberry, Florida. The team consisted of Brinley Bedford, Rochelle Stancil, Delia Creel and Jackson Asbell. 

  • Show results from the first weekend of livestock show

    The following are the week one results from the Suwannee River Fair. 

     

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  • Drought, now rain is hurting hay crop

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Area farmers have experienced difficult times fighting the elements this year and chances are that finding hay has been difficult.

    When it comes to farming, rain is king. Rain is what farmers want, rain is what farmers need and when it finally came, it came — and then some.

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.